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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR34-700 Home Media Center HD DVR


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:08 PM

DIRECTV has teased us with information about these devices for quite some time, and we're pleased to present you the first real information on the HR34-700 Home Media Center DVR!
 

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

HR34 FAQs (by Smuuth)

Q. What capacity is the hard drive on the HR34?
A. The HR34 has a 1 TB hard drive which should hold approximately 232 hours of MPEG4 HD programming.

Q. How many series links can the HR34 have?
A. 100 Series Links.

Q. How many remote sessions can HR34 serve?
A. A total of 3 remote sessions are supported, RVU and whole-home combined.

Q. How does the HR34 connect to the DIRECTV dish?
A. The HR34 must connect through a SWiM, but it can utilize a SWiM8 or connect to either SWM1 or SWM2 of a SWiM16.

Q. How will the RVU clients connect to the HR34?
A. RVU clients, when available, will connect to the same SWiM as the HR34 through a green label splitter (2-2150 MHz)

Q. How many SWiM channels does the HR34 use?
A. The HR34 requires 5 channels of the SWiM.

Q. How many SWiM channels will each RVU client require?
A. Clients, when available, will not require any separate SWiM channel, since they do not have a tuner of their own and each client utilizes one of the tuners of the HR34.

Q. How many tuners does the HR34 have?
A. The HR34 has 5 tuners total.

Q. How many recordings can be made simultaneously on the HR34?
A. The total simultaneous independent recordings possible are 5 if a previously-recorded program is being watched or if the channel being watched is also being recorded.

Q. Does the the HR34 work with the Whole Home DVR Service?
A. Yes, it does. Recordings made on other DVRs are viewable on the HR34 and recordings made on the HR34 are viewable from other DVRs on the same network.

Q. How can I get an RVU client to work with the HR34?
A: At this time no RVU clients are available, though DIRECTV is expected to unveil one in the future.

Q. What new capabilities other than more simultaneous recordings does the HR34 offer?
A. Two of the most exciting are an increase in the maximum number of Series Listings to 100 from 50 on previous HDDVRs and Picture In Picture.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 07 October 2011 - 07:07 AM.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:11 PM

At this point, the HR34 is in very limited release. Only a few markets across the nation have them, and supplies are limited in those location. This is an exclusive first look! Please do not call DIRECTV to order, they are not available!

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 06 October 2011 - 07:09 PM.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

Another Sweet job with the first look.

It's a beast DVR!
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

Awesome receiver, I can't wait to get my paws on one.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:15 PM

Wow 2 for Thursday!
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:17 PM

Awesome First Look!!

Looks like the team worked overtime on this one - and it's totally worth the wait!

First nomad, now this. What a week!!!

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

Looks like a viable replacement for my HR24, assuming they let you order one, and dont consider it "just another HDDVR".

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

While I can see this becoming the new "standard" install, a couple of items make it a no go for me, and I suspect other "power users".
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:24 PM

Great document, as always. I really want one.
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:25 PM

The Nomad was a DUD but this is VERY exciting!

Good job guys!
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:26 PM

While I can see this becoming the new "standard" install, a couple of items make it a no go for me, and I suspect other "power users".


such as? This thing is VERY powerful... Don't underestimate it.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:29 PM

I want!

any word on initial pricing or any trade in programs?

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

Great job Stuart. Thanks for the first look.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

Great job putting the First Look together, Stuart. :)

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

Very nice. I definitely want one or two. As usual, a very good write up. Thanks to the folks involved.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:32 PM

such as? This thing is VERY powerful... Don't underestimate it.


5 tuners. Should have been 8, max out the swm.
Clients consume a tuner.
Single drive. Single point of failure. Host locks up all clients go down.

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#18 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:34 PM

No word on pricing yet. As for availability... you can't get it yet. This is an exclusive first look.
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:35 PM

As a 5-tuner beast DVR with PIP and 1TB standard, it's fabulous.

Never a conflict ever again.
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:36 PM

AWESOME!! I so want one!! :D :D :D




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